American sociologist/social psychologist and author David Goslin examines factors affecting student engagement in learning, and explores implications of his findings for educational policy and practice in elementary and secondary level schooling in the U.S. In the process, he asks why the American school system is so impervious to improvement, and identifies ways to increase the frequency and duration of situations in which young learners actively participate in the acquisition of significant intellectual skills. Written for the full range of educational professionals, government officials, and parents concerned with school reform. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"A ScarecrowEducation book."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-191) and index
Engagement, a necessary condition for learning -- Effort versus ability : a matter of expectations -- Rewards for effort -- Organizing effort : increasing the efficiency of learning -- Valuing effort : social and cultural influences on academic motivation -- Competition for effort : academic versus other goals -- Engaging more minds : increasing motivation and learning in school